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LeSean McCoy returning to NFC, signing 1-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LeSean McCoy returning to NFC, signing 1-year deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There will be a 12th season for LeSean McCoy.

The Eagles' all-time rusher signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers after spending last year with the Chiefs, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday:

The 32-year-old McCoy said back in May on NFL Network's Good Morning Football he hoped to play one more year.

"This last go-around, man, for the last time, just to put my stamp on my career, and I want to (go) out the way I came in," he said. "Hard worker, man, with some success. I'll probably put one more year together, depending on how I feel, but one year for sure, man, just to put my stamp on it."

McCoy, who had campaigned to rejoin the Eagles, instead joins Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Co. and will presumably back up Ronald Jones, who ran for 724 yards and six TDs last year in his second season out of USC.

Tampa's other running backs have a combined 16 career carries: 4th-year pro Dare Ogunbowale; rookie 7th-round pick Raymond Calais; Cards waiver pickup T.J. Logan; and undrafted Aga'Cedric Ware.

McCoy, who spent the 2009 through 2014 seasons with the Eagles, has been an unrestricted free agent since March.

Shady has made six Pro Bowls — three with the Eagles, three with the Bills — and has 11,071 career rushing yards, 22nd-most in NFL history.

McCoy's 14,868 scrimmage yards are 19th-most in NFL history by a running back, and he's one of only seven players with 10,000 rushing yards and 500 catches.

Every eligible player in NFL history with 12,000 rushing yards has made the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Last year was a weird one for McCoy, who had 362 rushing yards and a 5.3 average halfway through last season but then got only 32 carries the rest of the season and got only one snap in the entire postseason during the Chiefs' run to the Super Bowl.

He still finished his 12th NFL season with a 4.6 average, 14th-highest in the NFL and 10th-highest in NFL history by a back 31 or older with a minimum of 100 carries.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, the one-time Temple coach, was with the Steelers when McCoy played for Pitt. 

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NFL players can be fined for high-risk COVID-19 conduct in 2020

NFL players can be fined for high-risk COVID-19 conduct in 2020

NFL players can be fined for high risk COVID-19 behavior during the 2020 season, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. 

The discipline schedule comes from the agreement between the NFL and NFLPA. 

According to the document, obtained by NFL Network, NFL teams may fine a player one week’s salary and/or suspend that player for up to four weeks for conduct detrimental to the team for engaging in what is considered high-risk COVID-19 behavior. 

There are no written warnings necessary before fines begin. 

According to the document, here are all the details about what constitutes as high-risk behavior: 

1. Attending an indoor night club unless player is wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) and there are no more than 10 people in the club. 

2. Attending an indoor bar (other than to pick up food) unless player is wearing PPE and there are no more than 10 people in the bar. 

a. For clarity, a “bar” does not include an establishment that offers food service and which a player attends primarily for food service even if the establishment also includes a full-service bar. 

3. House gatherings of more than 15 people without the player and all guests wearing masks or PPE or where social distancing for more than 10 people is impossible. 

4. Attending an indoor music concert/entertainment event. 

5. Attending a professional sporting event (other than applicable NFL games or events) unless the player is seated in a separate seating section, such as a suite or owner’s box, is wearing PPE, and there are no more than 10 people in that separate seating section. 

6. Attending an event that is prohibited by state and/or local regulation, executive order or law implemented due to COVID-19. 

It’s important to note that the report from NFL Network says that all Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees of teams are subject to comparable discipline if they violate those rules too. 

Furthermore, the report says Commissioner Goodell may discipline individual teams if they fail to discipline their players for these infractions. 

Without being in a bubble, the NFL is counting on its players acting responsibly to limit the spread of the coronavirus. While all of these things might seem obvious, the added incentive to not get fined might prevent some stupid behavior. 

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Eagles players finally learn NFL's opt-out deadline

Eagles players finally learn NFL's opt-out deadline

If any more Eagles are going to opt out of the 2020 season, they only have until Thursday afternoon to do it.

The NFL and NFLPA have finally settled on 4 p.m. Thursday as the deadline for players to opt out because of health concerns related to COVID-19, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday evening.

Later Monday evening, Schefter reported that the NFL and NFLPA finally jointly approved the CBA provision governing training camp protocols, which formally locks in that 4 p.m. Thursday deadline.

So far, only one Eagle has opted out. 

Wide receiver Marquis Goodwin, acquired in a draft-day trade with the 49ers, announced last Tuesday he was opting out.

League-wide, 48 players had opted out as of Monday evening, including former Eagles Patrick Chung, Chance Warmack and D.J. Killings.

NFL players who opt out who are considered at-risk because of a medical condition will receive a $350,000 stipend in place of their 2020 salary and will earn a year of pension credit toward free agency and benefits.

Players who are considered not at-risk receive a $150,000 advance and do not earn a year of pension credit. If players in this category are not on a roster next year, they will have to  pay back the $150,000. 

All players taking the opt out have their contracts frozen, picking up in 2021 if they remain on the roster.

Originally, the opt-out deadline was going to be seven days after the NFL and NFLPA officially agreed to CBA provisions governing training camp protocols. 

As that date continued to move forward, NFL officials moved to set a concrete date, which did not go over well with at least one prominent NFL player. Patriots safety Devin McCourty said, “It’s an absolute joke the NFL is changing the opt-out period, mainly because they don’t want to continue to see guys opt out,” McCourty told Patriots writers on a Zoom call. “I’m sure they’re shocked how many guys have opted out. I think it’s terrible. It’s BS that the league has changed that date.”

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